The addition of seven new inductees into the Hall of Fame and the announcement of the Bowlers of the Year took center stage at the Virginia Peninsula USBC awards banquet Saturday in Newport News.

The Hall of Fame honorees included Brandon Smith, John Confalone and Chris Bolosan for their outstanding bowling accomplishments and Mary Pancoast, Laura Favata, Wayne Ripley and Betty Watlett for their meritorious service.

Among Smith's many achievements are having bowled more than 40 perfect games, 20 series of 800 or more, winning the Bowler of the Year award in 2008, and making the all-star team nine times.

Confalone, a past state tournament champion, has struck for more than thirty 300 games, twenty 800 series, and once held the state record for highest average (242.2).

Among Bolosan's credentials are: 18 perfect games, thirteen 800 series, Junior Gold national champion, 2009 State Hall of Fame inductee, and 2011 Bowler of the Year.

Pancoast has served youth bowling on the Peninsula for more than 27 years, was instrumental in beginning the State High School Bowling League, and is a past Volunteer of the Year award winner.

For the past 20-plus years, Favata has served in many roles, including PAYABA director, HWBA director, and as a member of the VPUSBC Board of Directors. She won the Coach of the Year award in 2011 and has been a past Director of the Year.

Ripley, currently a director, has served on many committees and was instrumental in the merger of the men's and women's associations. He is also known for his work with youth bowlers.

Watlett has played a key role in the VPUSBC for more than 25 years, serving as a member of the board of directors, helping the Peninsula's youth bowlers, and volunteering at local and state tournament functions. She was the 2012-13 Director of the Year.

Heading the Bowlers of the Year were Ricky Boyters (adult male) and Dawn Campbell (adult female). During the 2012-13 season, Boyters bowled five 300 games, two 800 series (820, 817) and carried the highest average (234) at York Lanes. He also is a youth coach at York.

Campbell led the women's all-star team with a composite average of 205, highlighted by a high game of 279 and a 727 series. She also is well known for her sportsmanship, leadership, and volunteer work in the association.

The other Bowlers of the Year included: Ken Stearn (senior male), Vivian Blunt (senior female), Dawson Maier (youth male) and Cassidy Blackmore (youth female).

Stearn, a bowler for 45 years, still maintains a 200-plus average at Village Lanes and rolled back-to-back 300s at age 69 on April 11. He is believed to be the oldest bowler on the Peninsula to achieve that feat.

Blunt has led the senior women's all-star team for the past three years. She bowled a perfect game on Jan. 10.

Maier, 15, posted a 211 average at Sparetimes, had four 700 series, two 300 games, nine 250-plus games, and led the youth boys all-star team. Blackmore headed the youth girls all-star team with a 161 average.

Also honored were Samuel Eure as the Coach of the Year and Sam Smith, winner of the Meritorious Service Award. For the last nine years, Eure has been the volunteer coach for the York High bowling club, while Smith served on the VPUSBC board of directors from 2010-12 and currently chairs the historian/publicity committee.


Sarah Osborn, who set several national records earlier this year, began a new shooting season with a gold-medal winning performance.

The latest achievement for the Hampton teenager came Oct. 18-19 in Nashville (Tenn.) at the Montgomery Bell Classic, the largest high school rifle match in the country.

Osborn, 14, took the gold in the three-position precision air rifle event with a total score of 688.9. Second place went to Reagan Abernathy of Tennessee (687.3).